Durban’s economy gets major holiday boost

MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala. PHOTO Rudy Nkgadima

MORE than 1.2 million domestic holiday makers are expected to flock to Durban for the three-week winter school holiday from 22 June until 17 July 2018.

MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala said the province was expecting an influx of visitors due to major events that are taking place in Durban over the next three weeks and the warm Durban weather.

“KZN will pull out all the stops to ensure that holidaymakers are kept entertained with a jam-packed calendar of events in Durban and along the KZN coastline to suit all tastes. This includes the Vodacom Durban July, The Dundee July, The Soul and Jazz Experience in Richard’s Bay, the Sardine Festival in Port Edward, the iSimangaliso Trail Challenge in St Lucia, and many more,” added Zikalala.

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One can expect an influx of vehicles on KZN roads – especially along main routes and around local tourist attractions. The Vodacom Durban July which will take place on 7 July, will rake in large crowds and is expected to attract 50 000 people on race day. The cash injection in 2017 from the event was R260 million into the KZN economy. This year, the contribution to eThekwini’s GDP is forecasted to be about R159 million and will contribute R10 million in government taxes as well as creating 320 annual jobs.

The KZN Travel and Adventure expo which takes place from 5 to 8 July is also poised to attract 30 000 to 40 000 people over the four days.

 

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